Men's Wearhouse

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The Men's Wearhouse, Inc.
Type Public
Traded as NYSEMW
Industry Retail
Founded 1973
Founder(s) George Zimmer
Headquarters Westchase, Houston, Texas
Number of locations Men's Wearhouse:597
Men's Wearhouse and Tux: 361
Moores:117
K&G: 100
(October 2011)[1]
Key people Douglas Ewert[2]
Products Men's clothing, footwear, tuxedo rentals and suit pressing.
Website menswearhouse.com
Men's Wearhouse in Miamisburg, Ohio.

Men's Wearhouse is a men's dress clothes retailer in the United States. The company has corporate offices in the Westchase area of Houston, Texas,[3][4][5][6] and executive offices in Fremont, California. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The company was founded by George Zimmer in 1973.

History and Operations[edit]

Men's Wearhouse in Saugus, Massachusetts

The company operates under the names Men's Wearhouse, K&G Superstores (an off-price retail chain featuring discontinued items), Moores Clothing for Men (a Canadian chain of men's clothing stores), Twin Hill Corporate clothing and MW Cleaners in the Houston Area. In 1997, it purchased, then liquidated, the bankrupt Kuppenheimer chain.[7]

The chain notably ran television and radio commercials featuring Zimmer, and the oft-repeated slogan, "You're going to like the way you look; I guarantee it." [8] According to Business Week, Men's Wearhouse targets the common man, with "the neatly displayed clothes in Zimmer's stores [being] designed to cater to the unpretentious guy who wants to do as little as possible to maintain his wardrobe."[9]

On November 17, 2006, Men's Wearhouse acquired After Hours Formalwear, a clothier specializing in black tie formalwear, from Federated Department Stores, the parent company of department store giant Macy's. After Hours Formalwear was originally rebranded MW Tux, but has now been rolled up under the Men's Wearhouse brand. The formalwear group within Men's Wearhouse specializes in tuxedo rentals for men and boys for black tie events.[10]

In August 2010, Men's Wearhouse acquired the trade and assets of Alexandra plc, which was in administration and Dimensions Corporatewear to develop its presence in Europe.

In 2009, Men's Wearhouse became a major sponsor of the United Football League and continued to sponsor the league in 2010.

As of 4 February 2013, Men's Wearhouse employs 15,261 people.[11]

On June 19, 2013, the company dismissed founder and Executive Chairman George Zimmer for undisclosed reasons.[12] The company later stated that Zimmer was dismissed due to "difficulty accepting the fact that Men's Wearhouse is a public company with an independent board of directors and that he has not been the chief executive officer for two years. He advocated for significant changes that would enable him to regain control."[13]

On 12 November 2013, Ricky Sandler, CEO of Eminence Capital LLC, published a letter he sent to Men's Wearhouse CEO Douglas Ewert discussing a merger with Joseph. A. Bank Clothiers Inc.[2] On 15 November 2013, Joseph A. Bank Clothiers Inc. withdrew "its all-cash proposal to purchase Men's Wearhouse for $48 a share after its self-imposed November 14 deadline.[14]

Restatement[edit]

On April 14, 2005, the company restated leases and depreciation of related leasehold.[15]

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